Pressley believes new Dutch signing Kip can adapt to English football

Ricardo Kip
Ricardo Kip

Fleetwood Town boss Steven Pressley believes his new versatile, goal hungry, Dutch star Ricardo Kip can adapt to English football and add more firepower to his midfield.

Kip’s contract at Dutch second-tier Eerste Divisie side Almere City ended this summer and Town have beaten a number of European clubs to secure the 24-year-old midfielder’s signature.

Kip graduated from the highly successful Ajax youth academy and spent nine years with the Dutch giants before he was rewarded with a one year professional contract at the Amsterdam Arena.

In the summer of 2013 he joined fellow Dutch side Almere City FC, where enjoyed four successful seasons, including a 17 goal haul last term, where Almere narrowly missed out on promotion to the top flight Eredivisie League, eventually losing to Willem II in the end of season play-offs.

Kip will add versatility to Pressley’s squad, as he capable of playing in numerous positions but Pressley says he has been impressed by the player’s eye for goal and with last term’s midfield trio Jimmy Ryan, Eggert Jonsson and Antoni Sarcevic (who joined Shrewsbury Town this summer) only adding three goals each last term he hopes Kip can add more firepower to his midfield.

He said: “I have seen Ricardo play numerous times on DVDs. I met him roughly ten days ago, and I was impressed with his attitude and felt he would fit in well with the squad.

“The scouting team, recommended the player to me. Ricardo’s history last season was very good and we are hopeful that he can adapt to English football.

“We believe that he possesses the right attributes to be able to adapt. We are confident he also has the right attributes to fit in with our style of play which is very important as we play a high energy style of football.

“He ticks all the right boxes. Last season he had a very good goal scoring record and we wanted to bring in additional goals and a threat. He is a very versatile and can play anywhere in midfield.”